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June 8, 2015
Will Common Core return to Indiana through ISTEP?
Senate Bill 566 says the state can use outside test questions as long as they align with Indiana standards.
May 4, 2015
Indiana State Board of Education in limbo after legislature's move
Gov. Mike Pence made a bold call in December for big changes he said would “restore harmony” to the contentious Indiana State Board…
April 8, 2015
State board's Neal asks lawmakers to block ISTEP bid
Andrea Neal wants legislators to revisit a plan to replace ISTEP as a way to solve a dispute over the selection of a British company to make the test starting next year.
March 12, 2015
State board says no sanctions for 2 F-rated charter schools
The Indiana State Board of Education today decided not to sanction two charter schools with repeated F grades after a debate over how to evaluate progress at charter schools that serve mostly troubled students.
February 4, 2015
State board stops short of guiding schools toward more test scores in teacher ratings
The Indiana State Board of Education today held off a decision to ask school districts to count test scores and other “objective” measures of teaching…
September 3, 2014
State board approves controversial changes to teacher certification rules
Job seekers who hold a four-year college degree and 3.0 GPA can now teach in Indiana classrooms once they pass a content knowledge exam — even if they haven't been trained as an educator. The State Board of Education signed off on the rules changes for the third time in two years today.
July 10, 2014
Ritz, state board battle over board rules, NCLB waiver
Relations between Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Indiana State Board of Education members today reached a new low as board members voted on a series of resolutions that Ritz and her supporters say are no more than politically motivated power grabs from Ritz.
June 5, 2014
A case study in Indiana State Board of Education dysfunction
How did a seemingly simple procedural change, one that Indiana State Board of Education members and state Superintendent Glenda Ritz unanimously favored, become a half-hour…
May 23, 2014
Union calls on state board to drop teacher licensure plan
The Indiana State Teachers Association and others are pushing hard to try to stop what they view as a loosening of teacher certification rules, but so far most of the state board members who favor those changes are standing by them.
May 14, 2014
Ritz-led effort to block teacher certification changes narrowly fails
An effort to kill changes to teacher certification, led by state Superintendent Glenda Ritz, was narrowly defeated by the Indiana State Board of Education today. The debate centered on a proposed “career specialist” teacher license. The rules allow anyone with significant professional experience in a subject to teach. They do not need any background in teaching.
April 21, 2014
Indiana's proposed new standards enter critical phase
Even with few allies among either Common Core supporters or opponents, the new standards could still make it through a gauntlet over the next eight days that is expected to include votes by two government bodies. If both approve, the much-maligned standards will become the academic guidelines for Indiana educators beginning this summer despite all the backlash.
April 11, 2014
Standard setting process, short on time, raises stakes for state board vote
Indiana State Board of Education member Andrea Neal raised a question at Wednesday’s board meeting that nobody was quite sure how to answer: What happens…
April 9, 2014
Indiana students will take two state tests in 2014-15
Indiana students will take at least two online, state-run standardized tests in 2014-15, and some state board members raised concerns today about a proposal to add a third test.
March 12, 2014
Concerns don’t derail new social studies standards
The Indiana State Board of Education has approved new state-created academic standards, just not the ones everyone has been talking about. While a debate…
January 15, 2014
Indiana's move away from Common Core becomes clear
Indiana appears to be on the verge of a final turn away from Common Core standards. Gov. Mike Pence made clear in his strongest words…
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